What is a Collector or a Dealer?

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By Staff

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Coon Rapids. Iowa 50058

You have several kinds of collectors. Some of them will say,
‘I collect only for the fun of collecting and never let money
enter into it.’ A lot of collectors have very little money to
buy any amount at any one time. These will trade a little, sell one
once in awhile, and help his collector friend get something.

Then, you have the one that has plenty of money and has
collected for many years. He sets a goal of one hundred engines,
then goes for two hundred. He will never sell another collector
anything, or will not trade, unless he can better his own

Next, comes the collector dealers who spend a lot of time
running around looking at engines, adding many miles to his pick-up
and having many enjoyable hours. He locates engines all over by
having many friends. The farther away his friends are, the farther
away he gets his engines. He will get more engines if he has ready
cash. Cash is never a stranger.

To make it go as a Collector Dealer, you have to sell the
duplicates. To be successful, you have to sell some at ten percent
down and the balance when they pick up the engine. Sometimes, you
hold until a later date if the party is a regular collector

A straight dealer is someone that buys only for quick resale and
wants to make a fast buck and helps everyone pick up more

Honesty is just as important among collectors as with dealers.
If you are not sure it is O.K., do not say that it is.

Small collectors, large collectors, collector dealers and
dealers, all try to buy as cheaply as possible and get all they can
when the time comes to sell. They are all necessary to make
successful collecting.

Stickney engine No. 5341 shown at Brougham, Ontario ‘History
In Action’ Show, approximately twenty miles Northeast of
Toronto. On right side of picture is part of my Matthews
water-cooled (marine?) 32 volt generating set made at Sandusky,

This is a picture of me on a model Rumely Oil Pull that I built
five years ago. It took one year to build it. It is powered by a 3
HP Fairbanks Morse gas engine. I have a 20 inch buzz saw mounted on
the front. It has a three-speed transmission with 15 to 1 reduction
in high gear.

Early Delco-Light Plant – I feel very fortunate indeed in
locating this Model 8AA1 Delco Light-Plant together with Bulletins
covering Operation, Circuit Explanations, Adjustments – etc. This
alternating current plant is 100% complete and rated at 110 volts,
60 cycle, 800 watts with full Automatic Control Unit. With this
control the plant starts whenever a lamp or power load is turned on
… it continues until the power load or last lamp is turned off.
The generator also produces direct current in a quantity sufficient
to keep the starting battery charged and for ‘exciting’ the
fields. It was recommended for stores, filling stations, schools
and churches where the average load is constant and close to the
plant’s rated capacity. Manufactured in early 1930.

This is a model gas engine I designed and built. It has a
1-5/16′ bore, 2′ stroke and weighs 32 pounds. The flywheels
are 6′ in diameter. It runs very good and is the hit and miss

A friend and I got started in the restoring of the real thing
seven years ago. We now have eleven engines, five of them are
completely restored. We have a dub here in Sandwich (home of the
Sandwich engine) and show at the Sandwich Fair each year.

As a closing thought, keep up the good work in your magazine! It
is a key in keeping the old craft going to us younger people.

Here’s one for the ‘What Is It’ column.

1930  30 Crawler, has hyd. dozer. This machine is in very
good condition.

1928 Caterpillar 15 Crawler tractor–has a logging winch on
back. Rev. Art Johnson and I own the Cat.

C. B. Killing gives the boys a chance to build up their muscle.
They finally found more rope and then the older boys got younger.
The result was that the rope snapped off at the clevis, three
times. Yes, it was tied in a bow line knot, that wasn’t the
trouble — it was those kids are so dog-gone strong. I know this is
a steam engine picture, but we want you to notice those new
motorcycles. That lets it in on G.E.M. (I think that is pretty
sneaky, Virgil – try it again and it will be in I.M.A. — Anna Mae
– Ha Ha).

At left–Buzzing wood with Associated 6-mule team. Tractor in
front is a 10-20 Titan. Picture taken at 1972 River Bend Steam and
Gas Show at Allendale, Michigan. At right, they are threshing with
Steerling hand-feed thresher. Owner is Sharon Schutt of
Hudsonville, Michigan. Engine running it is a 7 HP Economy owned by
me. Picture taken at same show.

Rumley Model E, 30-60 HP at the Bill Mayberry Show in 1969.

Advance-Rumley at Bill Mayberry Show in 1969.

Aultman-Taylor 30-60 at the Bill Mayberry Show in 1969. They put
this on the sawmill.

Avery 45-65 at the Bill Mayberry Show in 1969.

15-30 Rumely on the left, belted to a 1930 28′ Minneapolis
Special threshing machine. And on the right is a 1926 Rumely 30-60
belted to his 1917 36′ Case thresher. Harry is on the left on
the 30-60. Harry W.Carlson is my father-in-law from Litchville,
North Dakota.

I got interested in gas engines about five months ago when I
purchased a 1? HP McCormick Deering engine at a small antique and
farm sale. Also have picked up a couple Maytag engines. Just
recently I purchased this small upright engine for $4.00. It was a
solid hunk of rust and would not turn. Since, I have cleaned it up
and got it running with a small propane torch.

I have since been told that it is very rare. It has the original
brass tag on it which reads as follows (‘Thermo Engine’,
Thermo Engine Company, Chicago, Illinois).

I would greatly appreciate any information anyone could give me,
such as original color, what they were used for, what kind of fuel
and how they ran. Also, would like to know the scarcity of such an

Part of my old iron – a Fordson on tracks.

My 1917 Ford touring car

Elmer Klien’s very contented 6 HP engine demonstrates its
well balanced disposition.

This picture taken in 1942. Case tractor engine pulling two
horse binders. Howard Jurney (my Dad) on rear binder. Me on

Original type chain saw? Sally Saw made by Cummings Machine
Company, Boston Massachusetts. I’d like to hear from anyone on
this engine.

Fairly early 6 HP Fairbanks engine runs real well but needs set
of rings.

1900-1910 Moore DS 5 HP 2-cycle Palmer engine. Cost $150.00 when

A picture of a 1977 Garford truck, serial number 43577, made by
the Garford Motor Truck Company of Lima, Ohio.

It has solid rubber tires on wooden wheels, the motor has
magneto ignition. There is an odometer on the left front wheel hub.
This truck runs real good.

I would like to hear from anyone knowing the year of this truck,
and any information as to what happened to the company, if it quit
or merged with another company and when?

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